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VistaPrint review

I want to tell you about a well kept secret, VistaPrint.  I discovered VistaPrint several years ago and have been so happy with everything I order.  VistaPrint is a printing company that can make all kinds of things from business cards to t-shirts.  What I love about VistaPrint is that I can use my creative side and make personalized gifts.  My favorite gifts to make are for teachers.  I make them matching notecards, sticky notes and notepad.  The possibilities are endless.  It gets better, I get most of my stuff for FREE.  That’s  right I said FREE.  You just pay the shipping.  How do they do this?  They offer you the freebies as samples in hopes that you will order from them again and their prices are very reasonable.  We ordered our Christmas cards from there and paid $30 for 100 full color folded cards that had a photo on the outside and inside.  This week I am dedicating to VistaPrint and will be showing all the cool things I made and will even give you some step by step instructions as I place my next order.  If you want to join the fun, sign up to get e-mails from VistaPrint and you will see all the awesome freebies they send to your inbox.  Caution: It is very addicting.


With my education background I am always looking for developmentally appropriate toys for my children.  I prefer to get them learning toys instead of the latest fad.  Even if you do not have a education background you can find great toys at Ebeanstalk.  They make it so easy to search for just the right toy.  You can search by age or gender.  If you are looking for a special gift for a first birthday, you can look under toys for 1 year old boys or toys for 1 year old girls.  If you are looking for a unique gift for a baby shower check out baby toys.   They also carry all the great brands like Tiny Love, Melissa and Doug, International Playthings and Green Toys.

My favorite offering is the grow and learn gift .  Every 3 months your child will receive a new toy specifically chosen for their age.  This gift will be remembered long after the party is over.  It is truly the gift that keeps on giving. 


The next time you find yourself searching for something for that special child in your life, check out Ebeanstalk.  It will take the guess work out of finding that special gift.

Review of Silhouette studio 1.3.0

I am a proud owner of a pink Xyron Wishblade.  I have taught myself to cut stuff out of vinyl, use my cutter for glass etching and, of course, scrapbooking.  I am a confident computer user.  I used to make lots of stuff in PowerPoint.  But, the wishblade software is nothing like PowerPoint.  It is not similar to any program used by the masses.  This makes it hard to master.  I have friends that own cricuts and after reading a few simple instructions they are cutting all sorts of things.  I however, have spent a ton of time trying to figure out my machine that not many people like to blog about.  Then while reading one of my user groups I discovered that silhouette offers a FREE program Studio 1.3.0.  I tried it and am in LOVE!

Here is the direct link so you can try it for yourself.

It was so easy to install and it even works on my brand spankin’ new PC.  A feature that I thought was soo cool was it shows exactly where your design is going to cut.  It shows your cutting mat and where your paper should go.  I can’t even count how many times I would cut my mat instead of paper, never again. My favorite part is that there is even 2 projects that you can make with step by step instructions on exactly how to use the program. Here is what I created with the first tutorial.


The other cool part is that each week they offer a free shape to download each week.  They post the shape along with lots of cool ideas on there blog.

If you have a wishblade like me check out their program, you will be surprised at the ease of use.

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